Track: Minimix 2 (Download)
Author: Swensen (TMU Exchange)
Length: 30 sec (author time: 0:32.53)
Personally, I’ve always been a fan of shorter, more realistic tracks (if “realistic” is even possible in the TrackMania series). Minimix 2 is a perfect track for this! While it does include some “unnatural” sections, such as jumping through a hole in the road (which I’ve discovered to be quite popular these days), it still gives a more realistic impression than most other tracks out there.
Minimix 2 is made of partly asphalt and partly dirt sections. While the track is very short there isn’t much room for obstacles, but especially the dirt sections include some more tricky parts. However, these parts are still quite easy for more skilled drivers, and won’t give much of a challenge for the experts.
For it’s length, Minimix has quite an average amount of jumps and bumps. These are well placed and can be smoothly driven through if the right speed is achieved, while they can be quite devastating if you drive too slow. They add a lot to the driving experience of the track, since they require good driving skills to be tackled correctly, yet not giving players with less experience to hard a time to get passed the obstacles at all. Rating: 3.5
The scenery in Minimix 2 is quite simple, yet very effective (probably mainly because of the excellent detail in the TMU scenery). There hasn’t been much added, but enough to make the track interesting. Poles and buildings add to the asphalt sections, while the dirt parts are decorated with hills, trees and other minor details that together make the track nice to look at. Rating: 4
Minimix 2 combines the simpleness of Nadeo tracks and the more odd yet effective and popular building styles of the most famous authors around the globe. However, the track doesn’t add anything new and might be considered too “boring” for some people. Rating: 2.5
Minimix 2 has a very good intro. It’s visually well made and includes a bit of general information (such as author time) as well as a slight touch of humor.
Sadly, no in-game MT or outro has been added, which brings down the ratings a great deal. Rating: 2
Overall a quite simple and short track, but with those details that make the track fun to drive.
Final Rating: 3.5 (average)
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